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Painting tips

Choose colour

When it comes to decorating, choosing paint color can really be a challenge. While you may feel that there are so many choices you're bound to find the right one, you may end up feeling that there are so many choices you don't know where to start!

The tips here will really help you if you feel stumped by this important choice. After all, the paint color will set the tone for the room.

Choose Brush


Choose from Chinese bristles (hog's hair brush), ox-hair brush or a nylon/polyester blend if using oil-based paint. Natural bristles are your best option because they hold oil-based paint better than synthetic brushes.


Choose from nylon bristles or a nylon/polyester blend if using latex (water-based) paint.


Use a large, flat brush (non-angled) for fast application when cutting in (painting carefully up to the edge of) walls and corners.


Use angled brushes for trims and moldings. Brush angles generally range from 1 inch to 3 1/2 inches. Painters recommend the 2 1/2 inch angled brush.


Select the most comfortable handle, taking into consideration the amount of time you will be holding the brush. When choosing between fat and skinny handles, hold the brush in your hand as you would when painting, to get a good feel for what is comfortable for you.

  Water colour Tip

 1.     1

Find a suitable design for your holiday greeting cards. Look on the Internet and in holiday coloring books and magazines as well as embroidery and needlework books for suitable holiday images and designs. You can also draw your design freehand.

2.     2

Use watercolor paper for your greeting cards. This special rag paper is made of cotton fibers and will absorb water more adequately than will other papers.

3.     3

Choose envelopes.

4.     4

Use a pencil, ruler, craft knife and cutting board to cut sheets of watercolor paper to a size that will fit in your chosen envelopes when folded.

5.     5

Draw or trace your design onto one half of the card stock paper with a pencil. Paint as is, or use a black, fine-line permanent marker or paint pen to trace over the pencilled lines. Allow markings to dry before painting.

6.     6

Wait until after you have painted the card to fold the watercolor paper.

7.     7

Mix your chosen watercolors in a palette tray. Use colors that will reflect the holiday season.

8.     8

Use a watercolor paintbrush to apply wet paint onto dry paper or dampen paper with a sponge before applying paint. The former method will allow you to produce crisp, clear edges, and the paint will be easy to control.

9.     9

Apply paint to dampened paper to achieve softer, blended lines and a more translucent color. If you've never used this method before, practice until you feel you can achieve the desired effect.

10. 10

Add any holiday greeting or message to the inside of your cards. Write your message with calligraphy pen or a black or metallic medium-point permanent marker.

                                                Oil Painting Tip


Oil Painting Tip 1:
Always lay your oil paints out on your palette in the same order so that, with time, you'll be able to pick up a bit of a colour instinctively.

 Oil Painting Tip 2:
The proportion of oil (medium) should be increased for each subsequent layer in an oil painting known as painting 'fat over lean' because the lower layers absorb oil from the layers on top of them. If the upper layers dry faster than the lower ones, they can crack

Oil Painting Tip 3:
Avoid using Ivory Black for an underpainting or sketching as it dries much slower than other oil paints.

 Oil Painting Tip 4:
Pigments containing lead, cobalt, and manganese accelerate drying. They can be mixed with other colours to speed up drying and are ideal for under layers. (Student-quality paints usually contain cheaper alternatives to these pigments, generally labelled hues.)

 Oil Painting Tip 5:
Use linseed oil for an underpainting or in the bottom layers of any oil painting done wet-on-dry as it dries the most thoroughly of all the oils used as mediums.

Oil Painting Tip 6:
Avoid using linseed oil as a medium in whites and blues as it has a marked tendency to yellow, which is most notable with light colours. Poppy oil is recommended for light colours as it has the least tendency to yellow (although it does dry slower).

Oil Painting Tip 7:
Don't dry your oil paintings in the dark. This may cause a thin film of oil to rise to the surface, yellowing it. (This can be removed by exposure to bright daylight.)

Oil Painting Tip 8:
If, as the paint on your palette dries it forms a lot of wrinkles, too much oil (medium) has been added.

Oil Painting Tip 9:
If you're not sure whether a bottle of mineral or white spirits is suitable for oil painting, put a tiny quantity on a piece of paper and let it evaporate. If it evaporates without leaving any residue, stain, or smell, it should be fine.

Oil Painting Tip 10:
If you want to clean away a layer of oil paint or oil varnish, use alcohol, which is a powerful solvent.





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